When Hunted Cow Studios originally launched Battle Dungeon this past December, it seemed like a promising tactical turn-based strategy title with a heavy emphasis on online play. In fact, even the single player portion of the game relied on Hunted Cow's online servers, as that's where the computer AI lived too. No matter how you planned on playing it, Battle Dungeon required an online connection.
So when the game began to pick up steam in the pirating community, and those same servers began filling up with players who never actually paid for the game, it became financially unviable for Hunted Cow to continue to keep them running. That means the game was pulled from the App Store and servers were turned off, and thanks to how the AI was hosted it made Battle Dungeon useless even for an offline single player experience.
A sad story for a game that hadn't even been out for a week at the time, but Hunted Cow was very good at facilitating refunds for those who bought the game and they vowed to rework Battle Dungeon and re-release it as an offline, single-player only game. After a few months the team has finally reached that goal with the release of Battle Dungeon: Risen [$1.99].
Battle Dungeon: Risen features the same turn-based gameplay as the original game, but spread across 12 self-contained single-player scenarios. Each scenario has a 3-star grading system, and with the level of customization you're given to create a team and progress each character there is a lot of replay value in finding the best team and set of tactics for beating each one. And, as you can see in the comparison screen below, the graphics and lighting have been noticeably improved over the original Battle Dungeon.
While the absence of competitive online matches is a bummer, Battle Dungeon: Risen proves it wasn't a necessary requirement for having a thoughtful, challenging, and highly tactical turn-based strategy experience on mobile. If you enjoyed the original game or just didn't get a chance to grab it before it was removed, give Battle Dungeon: Risen a shot and check out our forums for even more positive impressions.
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